Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150-L, VH-RAW, 15 km N Anningie NT, 3 October 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been operating the aircraft in an aerial spotting role during a cattle muster in generally flat, scrubby terrain. The ambient air temperature would have reached 40 degrees Celsius at the time the crash occurred. The pilot had completed training for a mustering endorsement, but had only recently accumulated sufficient flying hours to qualify for issue of the endorsement. A stockman, located about three kilometres distant, had observed the aircraft flying low and after it had disappeared from his view heard sounds which led him to believe that the aircraft had crashed. The aircraft had impacted the ground in a slightly right wing low, steep nose-down attitude. The pilot was contained within the cockpit which had been reduced to non-survivable dimensions. The observed low level of the aircraft, and cattle tracks approximately one kilometre from the impact site, suggest that the pilot was attempting to "push" the cattle at the time of impact.

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General details
Date: 03 October 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 930    
Location: 15 km N Anningie    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 24 April 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-RAW  
Serial number 15072032  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Anningie NT  
Departure time 0700  
Destination Anningie NT